Save our Wildlife Corridor and the Character of our Local Railway Station

Ref. appeal number APP/Q1445/A/09/2105969/NWF. Appellant: Kingsbury Estates Ltd. re. Land to rear of 140-146 Springfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6BZ. Application number BH2008/03194. We the undersigned urge the Planning Inspector to uphold the decision of Brighton and Hove City Council to refuse planning permission for the above proposal. We believe that built development on this site would further erode habitat and interrupt the Green Corridor, which is essential to wildlife in this heavily built-up urban area, as recognised in our city’s Wildlife Strategy of 1998. Its Open Spaces study of 2008 has designated this site a valued open space of “natural/semi-natural” type, acknowledging that the continued existence of small green “breathing-spaces” such as this one is essential for the wellbeing of the human population as much as for wildlife. Any built development on this site would, we believe, damage irreparably the rural character of our local station, which is enjoyed by pedestrians on the Public Right of Way, and by rail commuters, as well as by its immediate neighbours and the patrons of the “Open House” pub. This open space, formerly vegetable gardens let to rail workers, has had a place in the affections of local people for many years. Cramming a housing development on to the railway bank will exacerbate an already acute car-parking problem in the adjoining streets. We also believe that a cramped development so close to the railway would fail to provide a satisfactory quality of life for the occupants of the said development. We therefore ask the Inspector not to allow this Appeal. Please sign with your ADDRESS or at least POST CODE or other evidence of a link to the area (in the "Comments" box), to make your signing of the petition credible. Please IGNORE the request for a donation to e-petitions (this money does not go to FLORA anyway). You can escape once you have signed and your name will still be listed.

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